Tailored preparation for your career in biosciences

Your pathway to study biosciences at Cardiff University

Gain hands-on experience and tailor-make your bioesciences degree to follow your interests. Enhance your scientific knowledge and develop transferrable skills for a wide choice of industries, with our pathway programmes expertly designed for international students.

International Foundation Year in Health, Medical and Life Sciences

Cardiff University International Study Centre puts you on the path to an exciting future in biosciences. Our International Foundation Year develops your subject knowledge and English language skills, ready for your undergraduate degree. 

Why choose biosciences at Cardiff University?

Professional training year

Gain real-world experience with a placement in Year 3. You can choose from a wide range of organisations in the UK and beyond, from pharmaceutical and biotech companies and hospital laboratories to research institutes and wildlife trusts. Past students have worked for organisations including GlaxoSmithKline and The Environment Agency.

Field courses and summer work and volunteering opportunities also give students hands-on experience of modern technique and practical skills in the field of Biology.

Flexible degree options

At Cardiff School of Biosciences, you can tailor your course to suit your interests. There are five main entry degree subjects (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Zoology). These share the same first year content, then students select modules in year 2 & 3 in order to specialise or even move to an integrated master’s degree. There is a further option to specialise in Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology.

Prepare for further training

When you finish your undergraduate degree, you may wish to go on to study a PhD or master’s degree, or start a career in a science-related field such as conservation, environmental management, medical research or public health and wildlife management. The transferrable skills you will develop during your degree mean you could also progress to further training in professional areas including teaching, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary science.


Tailor your degree

Customise your course to match your interests and career aims. With a choice of flexible degree options, you can select specialist modules in years 2 and 3. You’ll also have the option to specialise further in Genetics, Anatomy or Physiology.

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High employability

93% of graduates were employed and/or in further study, six months after graduating. (DLHE 2016/17). A Biosciences degree opens the door to a career in academia, conservation, medicine, and many other industries.


Placement year

Gain real-life research experience with a professional placement year. Choose an industry that you’re passionate about, from pharmaceuticals and healthcare, to biotechnology and wildlife conservation. Add to your experience with field courses, volunteering and summer placements.

I was excited to study a course led by world-experts whose research greatly contributes to solving the environmental issues facing our planet. My course gave me the opportunity to get involved in academic research, working and studying alongside researchers who are experts in their field.

Studying Biological Science (Zoology)

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A fantastic student city

Enjoy student life in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and one of the most affordable student cities in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2019). Friendly and diverse, it has a vibrant culture with international restaurants, great entertainment and a modern waterfront.

On weekends, you can visit beautiful Welsh beaches, mountains and historic castles. London is two hours away by train and Cardiff is well-connected to other UK cities.

Cardiff University is a welcoming home for students from around the world. Explore all that Cardiff and Wales have to offer, while learning from inspiring academics at this research-intensive university. Choose Cardiff and enjoy a university experience like no other.

Where to find us

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, one of the four countries that make up the UK. Wales borders England on its east coast. It has its own proud identity, forged around music, myths, and rugby.

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